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Colombia’s Last Guerrillas Make First Step toward “Total Peace”

As part of his commitment to bringing “total peace” to Colombia, President Gustavo Petro has inaugurated new talks with the country’s last leftist insurgency.

  • In this Q&A, Crisis Group expert Elizabeth Dickinson explains why this round of negotiations could differ from failed past attempts.

What is the ELN, and how strong are they in Colombia today?

Why does the government want to negotiate with them?

The ELN, or National Liberation Army, is Colombia’s last remaining leftist insurgency. Talks with the rebels are crucial to President Gustavo Petro’s ambition of achieving “total peace” with all armed and criminal groups in the…

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